Much of what we who are involved in nursing home ministry tell people is related to the need of the people in institutional care. That is because we see people every week struggling with loneliness, abandonment and depression. Life in a nursing home is a little like living a rough neighborhood. While the staff may be doing everything they can to help there are issues of the heart that only God can change. That is where we as volunteers reaching into where they live with God’s message of hope have a wonderful opportunity to serve. Have you ever thought about going to the mission field? The good news is that there is a mission field right in your community called the nursing home. Do you wonder what it would be like to get involved? In this short video some of our team share what it is like. May you be encouraged today to step out through God’s open door where you live and get started in nursing home ministry! Have a blessed week!
Today I lost a dear friend after a long battle with cancer. The sadness that I have at knowing I can no longer pick up the phone or get in the car to see Maria is strong. But stronger still is the peace which I have knowing she is in the throne room of grace and in the presence of Jesus. I have found over the years that at moments when words no longer come God has given us music and songs that can connect us to heaven. How I need that connection today. If you also are in that place I pray this short video will be a comfort and blessing to you.
Do you sometimes feel lonely? Think about the fact that last year less than 40% of residents in full time nursing care received a single visit from a family member or a friend. What could you do to make that different in 2017?
Here are just some simple insights gained from over twenty years ministering at nursing homes. I hope these will be a help, an encouragement and a blessing for anyone wishing to serve better where they are called!